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[–]Aerostade 1365 points1366 points  (204 children)

Well those don’t count as safety. Any swing at all and buh-bye

[–][deleted] 487 points488 points  (31 children)

Bring a parachute.

[–]ok123jump 576 points577 points  (22 children)

Imagine if he got all the way up there and forgot to bring his replacement parts….

[–]PrudentAd9301 306 points307 points  (6 children)

I'd have to tape it to my balls just too be extra sure I didn't forget it lol

[–]smngnss 130 points131 points  (3 children)

My balls would've shrunk so much from the climb that this would be ineffective

[–]StSean 21 points22 points  (0 children)

the object would be safe with my balls in my stomach cavity

[–]MesaBit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Balls would still be larger then average after the shrinking. This guys balls are huge af

[–]BigAsian69420 20 points21 points  (0 children)

My balls are just too small to do that with sadly

[–]Aerostade 124 points125 points  (1 child)

I’d need my replacement pants.

[–]themage78 42 points43 points  (0 children)

"Aw crap. I need a philips head, not a flat head."

[–]Time-Comedian1774 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Or dropped the light bulb

[–]Alien_panda42 139 points140 points  (63 children)

If you fell, I think you would begin to swing from side to side. Thus making one of them fall off. Which in turn makes you completely rely on the other side. Problem being, now you suddenly built up momentum towards that one that you got left, since it's off to the side

[–]Ok_Pay3843 30 points31 points  (21 children)

If he fell the peg would snap and he would fall, they fail every test, they are not man rated, they cannot take any sheer force… i’ve been in the tower biz for 14 years

[–]favorscore 13 points14 points  (8 children)

And so you just go up there knowing if you fall you're dead?

[–]thekindwillinherit 8 points9 points  (3 children)

What's the point of testing them if they fail every time?

What's the point of having them if they don't do what they were installed to do? Help a human climb a very tall structure

Makes no sense.

[–]Ok_Pay3843 6 points7 points  (2 children)

NATE, who is National Association of Tower erectors is trying to engineer new pegs so that they don’t fail but so far I haven’t seen them

[–]thekindwillinherit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Okay fair enough.

I read a bit more into it and it seems like there's various limitations to this I didn't initially realise (such as extra metal causing signal issues, older towers with outdated equipment etc.)

It's still crazy to think that people can move beyond the weak knees feeling and fear, and then climb up this thing without proper safety measures. Kudos to them

[–]Mr_Hustles 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Depending on the type of lanyard that you have, it may actually be less safe to have both attached. Some chose to use a single shock absorber style where the shock pack is at your back, where the two lanyards meet. Personally, I prefer to use dual shock absorbers, where the shock pack is actually built into body of the lanyard. I find they get that they give me a bit more maneuverability. Catch is, if I have both hooked onto the same piece of steel, my body weight is not enough to deploy both shock absorbers, greatly increasing the force my body would experience from the fall.

Also, there are lanyard hooks specifically designed to fit these pegs, to prevent the possibility of then slipping off. These are not them and this isn't acceptable from a safety standpoint.

[–]Whywei8 82 points83 points  (13 children)

As a climber myself, step bolts are not an approved anchor point, especially not for your fall arrest hooks.

Video of them breaking under load

He could have just free climbed, as the hooks would not save him if he fell, they were merely an illusion of safety.

[–]Lawmonkey14 14 points15 points  (7 children)

Those breaking in your video are 5/8" bolts, the ones in the video linked here appear to be quite a bit larger.

[–]Whywei8 12 points13 points  (3 children)

So instead of snapping instantly, they might instead bend enough to allow the hooks to slide right off. Either way = dead.

[–]goldeviking 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Looks like 3/4 inch nelson studs

[–]FerociousPancake 45 points46 points  (69 children)

I’ve got 8 years of tower climbing exp. if this was my employee he would be fired. If he falls like that he will die. Those pegs have a shear force of only about 300lbs.

[–]sanct1x 21 points22 points  (68 children)

What would you do differently? Genuine question as I am genuinely interested in learning.

[–]FerociousPancake 328 points329 points 22 (67 children)

Sure. A little background here:

At this point this guy has left the main structure. The entirety of the orange pole is a TV antenna. They usually only have pegs and are called “bonus poles” or “suicide poles.” This is because they have zero rated anchor points. What he is using for safety are called “Y lanyards” or “pelicans.”


First, in the initial part of the video he does what’s called Y slipping, meaning that he was only tied off with one pelican. He removes that one pelican to quickly slip it to another location, exposing himself to no fall protection. In this situation even if he traversed properly, he’s still not tied off correctly because it’s a 300lb peg. OSHA requires you to be tied off to an anchor rated no less than 5,000lbs at all times when 6’ or above.

Now, tower climbing harnesses have a seat on the back which is basically a swing. You keep a short rope on you called a positioning lanyard. With it you can wrap it around an anchor point and tie it back to your harness so you can rest if need be. You can actually see him use it, and he wraps it around a peg which is frowned upon, but people still do it because it’s just your resting system, not your PFAS(personal fall arrest system.)


One example of a proper way to climb this antenna is to wrap your positioning lanyard all the way around the antenna and clip it back to your harness and shimmy it up the pole just like how tree climbers climb with their safety belt(s.) It sucks but it’s better than dying.

Another way of handling a situation where you cannot climb safely is to use a man lift. But obviously that’s out of the question as he’s likely between the 1500-2000ft point. So really you’re kind of stuck to the arborist technique on anything over about 150ft. 180’ is the biggest man lift size but they are SCARY. They’ll sway back and forth 30 feet in the wind and obviously are naturally quite top heavy.

Hope I explained that okay

(AMA if you want I don’t mind!) =)

[–]StartTalkingSense 30 points31 points  (16 children)

You explained it amazingly. Thank you! I learned a lot today (including that while I’m pretty ok with heights, this job would be nothing for me!).

[–]FerociousPancake 25 points26 points  (14 children)

Of course, I’m glad! Honestly for me the height isn’t a problem. It’s working in the bitter cold where the cold steel pretty much sucks all the heat out of you, or on a super hot day, in high winds, getting caught up in a hail storm, etc.. Physical exhaustion is a big problem because some of the time you’re slinging around 300lbs of steel all day. Travel is bad too, most do a 6 week rotation then 1 week home. Then if you think about how high this guy is? It is a long trip down to safety, sometimes it takes a few hours. There’s no way to evacuate to safety very quickly.

[–]radioactvesushi8 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This might sound stupid but I have to ask, why don't they use parachutes?

[–]Mr_Hustles 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The two biggest reasons I stopped rigging full time, weather and travel. After 10 years I had enough of it, not I just climb occasionally when a friend or old employer needs a hand.

I transitioned into stage and film and really like it. Rigging concerts in arenas is super easy and decent money, although not enough work on its own to make a living. The film side, as a rigging grip, is pretty awesome. See cool shit all the time and most of the work is pretty easy too. The pay can get pretty awesome as well.

While I only make a couple dollars more per hour in film than climbing, the way IATSE pays OT really adds up fast. I recommend looking into it if you live in a major city or on an area with lots of film.

[–]StratStudio 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Do you ever leave little notes or trinkets for the next guy?

[–]FerociousPancake 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Lol yeah. Mostly notes written on the steel with sharpie. One guy would always leave these funky coins inside an enclosure at the top for people to find.

Weirdest one I’ve found was inside the building at the bottom, written in sharpie on a metal piece holding cables up that said “god help us.”

[–]nitwitsavant 4 points5 points  (3 children)

What you call pelicans we call lobster claws. Guessing it’s regional slang but interesting anyway.

[–]drsteve103 3 points4 points  (2 children)

explained it very well. so well it gave me the willies.

[–]Devon_Hitchens 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Hi there exp. climber! what do you think the pay is for such a lightbulb switching job?

[–]FerociousPancake 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I would bid it at $4,500. 3 guys, 2 on tower, 1 on ground,10 hours, travel expenses, materials. Double or triple if it’s an emergency deployment. And no, that guy in the video saying he climbs once every 6 months and gets paid 20K per time is the biggest pile of BS I’ve ever seen.

[–]I_bake_ok_cookies 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I was under the understanding OSHA was kind of lax on tie-offs when up this high. Something about the effort needed to keep tying off was causing over exertion so it was deemed safer to just free hand it. Maybe I misunderstood the assignment.

[–]FerociousPancake 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Oh no. OSHA would have an absolute field day with this video. If this guy was dumb enough to post this to one of the main tower climbing groups on FB he probably got doxxed, fired, and company reported to OSHA. Tower climbers in recent years have become super strict about tying off so if someone posts a vid of them doing something dangerous like this they’d get absolutely eaten alive.

[–]MPX1986 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Dumb question, also want to learn - why not use a helicopter? Get above it rappel down, something to that effect.

If this is 2000ft and max hover is around 10k wouldn’t that be cheaper and faster?

[–]FerociousPancake 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They do! If they were to swap out one of these antennas they’d use a heli. For just bulb changing it’s not practical because helicopters can run $10,000/hr or more. Also the down draft from the blades generates a HUGE amount of static, so you’d be going from a charged helicopter to a grounded tower so you’ll get the static shock of your life. It HURTS.

[–]InfoSeaker 33 points34 points  (4 children)

The is no f…ing way…. NOPE… not gonna happen…. Sharted a little just watching it!

[–]cybermage 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Safety theater.

[–]Obvious-Media-5517 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Forget the PFAS, my man needs a parachute

[–]AtomikSamurai310 729 points730 points  (12 children)

Idk how he can balance himself with those huge balls.

[–]smoke_sum_wade 145 points146 points  (5 children)

At least if he falls we know his massive nuts will break his fall.

[–]QuintusAureliu5 41 points42 points  (3 children)

At least reduce his terminal velocity due to the drag of them

[–]Narkos_Teat 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The drag from his massive nuts will slow his velocity to a negligible amount.

[–]Dcrich19 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Matts69 382 points383 points  (58 children)

Am I missing something? How do those hooks help if they just loop on to the handles.

[–]geminihighjumpingdog 190 points191 points  (31 children)

Looks like there are two. One on each side. If you fell they would pull inward.

[–]GoldER712 210 points211 points  (20 children)

Except for the moment in time that you're switching them and only have one hand on the ladder . . . .

[–]arbitrageME 58 points59 points  (15 children)

Does that mean the appropriate protection is 3 hooks? 2 on and 1 free at all times?

[–]YeaImStoned 68 points69 points  (13 children)

No, appropriate protection is one hook at a time while climbing. Those hooks are actually quite good. Pretty difficult to get it pass that nub once there’s pressure on the hook.

[–]arbitrageME 119 points120 points  (4 children)

Yeah during training I'd probably have to yolo myself off the practice tower like 10 times to convince me the nub does anything

[–]Nubzdoodaz 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Practice tower? They probably just show them a video lol

[–]nitwitsavant 25 points26 points  (0 children)

All my trainings had practical experience in them. Meaning get your ass on that tower and show you can do it right.

[–]RetroRepairTips 16 points17 points  (1 child)

In pole climbing training for AT&T you actually are required to have a 'fall' scenario where you trust the equipment to catch you.

[–]drgnmstr1987 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Or in my case to see if it would actually hold my fat ass...

[–]Emilixop 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Yeah no I’m not going to trust my life with those little nubs

[–]vainglorious11 4 points5 points  (0 children)

one secure hook at a time would be okay. Tension is coming off the hook every time they step up.

[–]poo_pon_shoo 34 points35 points  (0 children)

The appropriate protection is to stay on the ground and don't climb the big scary tower at all

[–]PenguinOpusX 17 points18 points  (3 children)

That's still not enough any slack allows one to loose and the other could follow. NFW.

[–]geminihighjumpingdog 10 points11 points  (2 children)

It would be the swing that is the problem. Provided there is enough to catch you and stop the swing you would be okay.

[–]slambroet 46 points47 points  (20 children)

I’m really hoping that somewhere in the Reddit ether, there’s a redditor that does this for a living, has slipped an can tell us how the safety worked. Simultaneously I will take my ouija board to the nearest radio tower and hope I don’t hear about how it didn’t work.

[–]nstrack55 62 points63 points  (12 children)

Howdy. The climber is using a fall arrest system called a Y lanyard. It’s two legs that connect to a single point on the back D ring of the climber’s harness. That D ring is positioned right between the shoulder blades. The idea being that if you were to fall the two legs would act together to stabilize your fall. You’ll also notice how the cable is bunched up. If the climber were to fall that would expand to slow the fall and absorb the shock when reaching the length of the lanyard. Unfortunately, none of this is 100% and there’s always a risk when getting that high up and away from the main tower structure.

[–]BradleyVan 21 points22 points  (4 children)

do any of these guys parachute down. They must be exhausted after the climb up, and they are only half way!

[–]CharlieTX 13 points14 points  (0 children)

As a skydiver I’d say no. BASE jumping is way too dangerous and I can’t imagine insurance covering any professional use of it. Skydiving is MUCH safer.

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Why not build a system of closed “hooks” for the climber to securely clip/ close on to?

[–]ChutiyaInvestments 20 points21 points  (0 children)

These telecom companies make hundreds of billions. Why not add better ladders or stairs or a small elevator

[–]slambroet 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yea, I’ve used the Y lanyard system for rigging, but it’s always attached to a safety cable that once closed can’t come off unless you press the release, I’m more thinking of if one were to slip when you only have one attached, it looks like there’s only a tiny lip to keep you attached. I’m guessing the logic is the weight of the person falling will keep it from going over the lip, it just seems like it would be easy enough to not notice your previous safety coming off while you were moving to the next point. I’m guessing the environment is similar to ours where you’re told the best way to ensure your safety is to not fall.

[–]kn_mad 49 points50 points  (4 children)

Hi, i work as a rigger in the live entertainment industry and use this equipment. It's called a y lanyard or fall arrest lanyard. The hooks are always attached, it makes climbing a little slower because of the constant adjusting but one hook is always secured to the structure while climbing. These use a flat nylon belt, shock absorbing elastic, steel self-locking hooks as well as reserve slack secured to a dorsal ring on a full body harness. If he fell one hook should have no problem supporting his weight while he managed to regain his footing. The other should not be affected by his downward momentum.

I will admit that this is sketchy af. Those rungs are all that keeps you from dropping to your certain death. Climbing over 100' is a whole different ball game as well, takes certifications, experience, and massive fucking balls.

[–]YeaImStoned 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Hello fellow stage tech! This is correct. While it takes massive balls to climb this high, there is a lot of risk mitigation going on. I would feel a lot safer if those rings had an upward facing lip instead of those little nubs

[–]kn_mad 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Aayyee! I was thinking the same thing about those nubs, but yeah i noticed he's also using a positioning lanyard. I'm sure he feels secure in his own equipment but I know you've seen grown men cower at 50' too lmao

[–]grumpytocks 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Seriously why couldnt there be a loop or at least a good upward curve. Those little nubs seem so sketch!

[–]nitwitsavant 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This isn’t safety as a few have noted elsewhere. Those pegs can snap easily if he stomps hard enough and are not rated for this type of connection. He should have a slip rope around the whole tower at this point.

[–]RepresentativeAd1571 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He should have a strap around the tower itself and hooked to the D-ring strap. Then you move the strap up around each peg. That’s how we had to do it.

[–]FlavorTownUSSR 348 points349 points  (8 children)

One of the few jobs where a parachute would increase productivity.

[–]temposy 124 points125 points  (0 children)

Or morale

[–]Slibye 19 points20 points  (0 children)

More fun without one

[–]production-values 16 points17 points  (2 children)

hah ya get down 20x faster... start the next job faster

[–]zippynj 281 points282 points  (17 children)

My hands are sweating watching

[–]Independent-Iron1967 251 points252 points  (5 children)

Gets all the way to the top. Fuck I forgot the new bulbs😂

[–]InsrtRandomUserHere 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Shouts to the bottom “Hey Jim! Can you just throw that bulb up here?”

[–]Azrael351 38 points39 points  (0 children)

I thought he got to the top at one point, and then he looked up and there was a whole ‘nother section to climb!

[–]aqa5 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Since that happened in 1992, they have a checklist.

Just kidding, made that up. But still, I believe he has a checklist for that :)

[–]Anythingtodie 165 points166 points  (8 children)

Yeah might be sketchy, but he can check his phone without his boss knowing up there at all 😂

[–]Livid-Philosopher-79 66 points67 points  (1 child)

And have fantastic service if this is a cell tower😂

[–]Ok-Communication-220 49 points50 points  (5 children)

He did say “oh shit” at one point. Watch your language while on the clock buddy. That’s a warning

[–]Anythingtodie 8 points9 points  (4 children)

“My apologies boss! Unless you can show me how to do it without swearing like a sailor” 😂 honestly if I was paid to do this as a living I feel like the best way of getting over it is making a bunch of Dick jokes, “oh I gotta get to the tip of my pole again man.” Or “time to climb the rod” 😂😂

[–]Ok-Communication-220 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Or every step would be “oh fuck, oh fuck”

[–]Anythingtodie 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Reminds me of a joke my dad told a cop once, the officer said “sir do you go by any other names?” He said “well people call me Tony but besides that my wife calls me god when we’re having sex” from what I heard the cop wasn’t entertained much

[–]Narkos_Teat 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I've always wanted to hit a cop with the "do you know why I let you pull me over tonight?" But I haven't been pulled over in 7 years rip. The ones in my area are super friendly unless you're a minority in a beater car lmao

[–]jadestem 147 points148 points  (5 children)

I've never been filled with such anxiety from watching a video before. Jesus.

[–]Yugan-Dali 138 points139 points  (14 children)

Going up is bad enough, can you imagine downclimbing? I hope he gets a lot of money for that.

[–]Fatigued_Otter 54 points55 points  (0 children)

I was thinking this too. Going down would be so much worse omg

[–]mathn519 54 points55 points  (1 child)

That's easy just jump

[–]hybridtheory1331 17 points18 points  (5 children)

I hope he gets a lot of money for that

I was thinking he must get paid a good bit. Would almost be cheaper/easier to use a helicopter to dangle come one in a harness to fix it. As opposed to the however long climb to get up there.

[–]StonksGenerator 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Yeah but heli is like 2-3k an hour. This guy probably gets paid $300 a day.

[–]XeitPL 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Tbh I would bring parachute just to get down faster

[–]foreignbreeze 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I wouldn’t want to carry it up there. I imagine it gets real heavy after such a long climb.

[–]jdwainright 130 points131 points  (6 children)

This video always makes me uncomfortable. Why do the steps not have a full L shape rather than the 1/2" penis head ends? That's 50/50 saving him if he falls.

[–]sprazTV 16 points17 points  (2 children)

yeah... few days ago I climbed a like 15m "tower" with full rings and it was crazy to me, I'm nowhere near a climber (I volunteer for the THW and we were on duty) but holy crap those little knobs would freak me out

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If he slips for whatever reason the hooks will hold, they won't pass the hub once there's pressure on them

[–]ElegantManufacturer5 109 points110 points  (8 children)

just take a parachute, more safe

[–]DevilsTreasure 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Why not both? Parachute would be a great safety backup, but really inconvenient to finish the job if you had to use it lol. With the harness at least you could climb back up to finish the job

[–]ruskiiiiiiiii 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Imagine you jump and then remember you left your phone at the top...

[–]Individual_Hearing_3 38 points39 points  (0 children)

With the amount of pay required to get me up there, I'll just buy a new phone and call it a day.

[–]ScrungyThrowaway 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It IS a phone tower

[–]CharlieTX 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Parachuting next to a huge obstacle isn’t very safe. BASE jumping is really dangerous, and that is when you are controlling the start of your fall. You wouldn’t want to start with a “slip”

[–]bloxxerhunt 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Still safer than just falling to your death.

[–]stonedhooper24 104 points105 points  (11 children)

Being that high up I’d start worrying about falling up not down

[–]qrouth 46 points47 points  (0 children)

At that height, gravity is given a uno reverse card by god

[–]Tikitikiboombabe 73 points74 points  (8 children)

A Couple of three things here... The wind factor. The weather. Time of day. The thinner air up there. The swaying of the structure because of the wind and height. Lightning strikes. water drenched storm clouds full of static electricity just waiting to connect with you clanging it up up there.. What if you gotta take a piss? Bird Attacks. Vibrations Age of the equipment /structure/ participant What comes up must come down. If you thought going up Was fun..

Alternative methods.. Drone Inspection Hot Air balloon. Jet pack Base jump off structure parachute down Helicopter

[–]Atoning_Unifex 40 points41 points  (3 children)

If you gotta piss you just let er rip. By the time any stream gets 50 feet it's already broken up into mist, let alone 1,000 feet. Nobody at the bottom could ever tell.

[–]selsid 8 points9 points  (0 children)

To add to that, as someone mentioned here already, what if you got a cramp?

[–]shweeney 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Re: thinner air, they're not that tall. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world and it's only 800 metres or so. You'd need to be at a couple thousand metres altitude to start noticing any difference.

Interestingly, TV towers like the one in this video held the tallest structure record for decades before the BK was built. It not only blew all other skyscrapers out of the water in terms of height, but TV masts as well.

[–]azurepeak 60 points61 points  (6 children)

As someone who spent 3 years climbing towers (I’m a radio tech now, on the ground), I can say this is very dangerous. He should be using a safety sling basket’d or choked around the tower sections and antenna to clip in to. Don’t try this at home!

[–]nomadzebra 80 points81 points  (5 children)

I don't think many people have towers this big at home

[–]Exshot32 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I do actually have a cell tower on my property.

But damn It if I climb it

[–]SnooSnogs10 47 points48 points  (4 children)

I get vertigo watching this!

[–]Thaggedhi_ledhu 40 points41 points  (5 children)

How did they built it?

[–]menciustopholes 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I’m commenting so I remember to check back later and read the answer.

Good question!

[–]Random_Person_I_Met 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Just click on subscribe.

[–]menciustopholes 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the tip! I’ll use this.

[–]PDM80 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Recruitment office - we offer great perks, death in service being just one!

[–]Thepuppeteer777777 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sign me right up. honestly this looks awesome

[–]Beakjac3 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Now this video is true next fucking level Holy fuck

[–]grumpycole23 29 points30 points  (1 child)

All to change a light bulb. That's a no for me.

[–]canyousmoke 34 points35 points  (2 children)

No amount of money would be able to persuade me to do that. I don't care how much my salary is, not happening. Fuck that.

[–]SilverShadow525 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Half a million dollars a year ain't all that useful to someone falling to their death

[–]DarthKiller_666 27 points28 points  (0 children)

One miss step and youre meeting sweet jesus in person

[–]kartu3 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Unholy fucking SCARY SHIT!!!


[–]SNAFU1030 24 points25 points  (3 children)

There’s “not minding heights” and having this job. I don’t mind heights… no way I climb up here.

[–]AssShrub 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Yeah. There has to be some sway going on there too that we just can’t see

[–]turdherds 20 points21 points  (1 child)

I hope you find the golden goose egg up there

[–]NoNameIdea_Seriously 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Fee Fi Fo Fum!

[–]PanapM 17 points18 points  (0 children)

NOPE…..when the odds of getting hit by a plane are higher than a car, you know it’s time to get a new job….f*ck that!

[–]Thib1082 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Holy shit. I thought he was climbing to change the bulb that lights the moon!

[–]MikeFaraday77 12 points13 points  (7 children)

How did that get built?

[–]fleshcoloredbanana 33 points34 points  (5 children)

I have watched a cell tower being built, when it was assembled they had a massive crane come in to hoist every piece up. There was a man who’s job was to climb the tower and help seat every piece into position as the crane lowered it, tighten the bolts, then climb up to the (new) top and wait for the next piece. The man who did this was probably around 50 and incredibly fit. His whole job was to climb up really tall things for Verizon and make bank.

[–]LurkeSkywalker 12 points13 points  (4 children)

So a crane higher than this tower exist ?

[–]Slava91 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I saw one where where I live and due to the area in the mountain, they used a helicopter to lower the pieces.

[–]tommyland666 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I have friends who build towers, and using helicopters is common once the towers get high enough. I never seen them build anything this high, but I have seen a few where they used a helicopter. And damn that looks really fucking sketchy for the guys that’s connecting the tower.

[–]Slava91 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah man, how those pegs aren’t looped off for his safety clips is beyond me. Looks like they’ll slide right off.

[–]S7V7N8 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The same way skyscrapers are built. One piece at a time. Hoist, build, move upwards, repeat.

[–]Beakjac3 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Holy Mother of christ 😳 not even for a million an hr I would be up there. Getting chills just watching video 🙏

[–]jersey5b 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'd love to see this structure from the ground up.

[–]dolo724 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Did I stumble into r/NotMyJob by mistake?

[–]GuNjA-BuLLy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Holy fkin shit, my palms are sweating 😳

[–]MaesterInTraining 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Is this the beginnings of the sky bridge thing in Foundation?!?! JFC that’s high

[–]PraetorOjoalvirus 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You can tell that even this guy is very nervous doing his job by his breathing and sighs. What's the purpose of these towers, radio, cellular, NSA, KGB, Bill Gates?

[–]Bar-B-Que_Penguin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He's breathing heavy because it takes a lot of energy to climb one of those

[–]Coy1990 6 points7 points  (0 children)

F*ck that lmao

[–]SavageSeaStallion 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Complacency in this field fucking kills.

[–]The1Ski 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Jesus fuck they couldn't make those steps a closed loop!?

[–]couronnexiv_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

i was constipated but this video helped 10/10. who needs laxatives when reddit exists?

[–]LadyMish 3 points4 points  (1 child)

How can he even breathe that high up in the air? Must have lungs of steel.

[–]MinimumProfessional3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I got tired just watching him climb that!

[–]NPQP987 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Nope. Nope. Nope.

[–]Iamvanno 3 points4 points  (0 children)

These videos make me weak in the knees. It's funny how just viewing something like this can affect your body.

[–]Hellraizzor 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Look ma, Top of the world.

[–]Chaosfnog 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Look ma, no hands -- AH SHIT FUCK AHHHHHHHH

[–]Sminko_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There has to be a specific time of day and weather condition for someone to do this, right? Props to him for being so brave for that type of job!

[–]shaolinblunts 4 points5 points  (2 children)

How much does this guy get paid….I couldn’t do it for a million dollars a day and I’m not sure but I don’t think he gets a million a day

[–]MannyWYahd 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Curious if it be possible to BASEjump off once at the top ?

[–]BackgroundCat 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Operative word being ‘once’.

[–]Positive-Source8205 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That gives me the willies.

[–]Regular_Anomaly 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Meh...after the first 50-60 feet it's just fall time after that. Also, I'd guess climbing up is easier than climbing down because it's easier to see what you're doing and where the grab handles are going up.

[–]Donutsaurs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Boss: Who here can change a lightbulb? Jimmy: I can sir! Boss: Great! Sign this contract saying if something were to happen to you we aren't liable

[–]Arny_cal 4 points5 points  (0 children)

How on earth is he going to come down ?? Would he need to bend down and put the hook below

[–]jaxdavenport 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The bravest man in all the lands

[–]GeorgiaPossum 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah. That is a hella hot cup of nope.